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La Bouillabaisse, -- Atlantic Avenue Street Construction

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La Bouillabaisse, -- Atlantic Avenue Street Construction

bobjbkln | Sep 13, 2002 02:19 PM

Last Sunday at about 9:00 PM, after two weeks of camping and 10 hours of driving home from Southern Ontario, we figured an informal dinner was the thing and headed for Patsy's. But there was a long line outside so we decided to pop down to the Waterfront Ale House. Because of the interminable street reconstruction (I don't know how the stores survive) parking was a bear, but we did find something on Amity street. WAH was about 1/2 full, but no-one came to seat us and after six or seven minutes of being ignored, we checked that we had enough cash and decided to change concept and go to La Bouillabaisse which is one of our favorites. Sunday, 9:30 PM and the place was empty except for the four staff people (two in the kitchen). They said they were open, so we sat down. Service was not unfriendly, but remarkably "disinterested" and slow for a place where we were the only customers. The were playing WPLJ loud for "ambiance". When we asked them to change the music, without asking what we would want, they put on a CD of some strange French Pop/Techno/Jazz? We let it be.

I had the Hot Seafood Platter which was not as good as I remembered, but quite serviceable and my better half had a Grilled Soft-shell Crab and Scallops plate with mashed potatoes that she said was excellent. Both came with a complementary salad. A bottle of cheap Italian White and two espressos completed the dinner.

All in all, the food was pretty good, but the atmosphere (despite the new pink walls and peach table cloths) was very somber. The street construction must really be hurting them, but I think something else is wrong as well. Anyone else eat there recently? Similar experience or better?

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